Many felt that manual transmissions will still be the choice of hardcore drivers who prefer the shift stick and clutch pedal combination. It would be hard to remove the manual stick and clutch pedal feeling from them. And there are some who believe that these automated-manual (or dual clutch) transmissions will sit well in between conventional automatic transmissions drivers and sports-orientated drivers.
In a way, it is probably ideal for drivers who have problems with the stick and clutch pedal combination or drivers who are simply can’t be bothered to use them. Another thing that was mentioned is the advantage of a dual clutch transmission which is the prevention of miss shifting. Not everyone can shift like a pro race car driver.
In terms of costs, a dual clutch unit is definitely more expensive than a conventional automatic unit as more complex work and technology are needed to build one. And when the day dual clutch transmissions becomes reasonably inexpensive for automakers to use on their vehicles, then that will be the day we see conventional automatics being replaced with dual clutch units. Many whom I have asked strongly felt that this would happen in the near future.
There are some who felt that manual transmissions will still be around or offered by automakers for a long time. One person mentioned to me about the pleasures of driving a manual car. Driving a purely mechanical vehicle (especially a performance one) gives several forms of interaction between the driver and the machine. You can feel the clutch disengage, the point where the transmission finds its gear and also the engine’s revolutions. Computerised transmissions may have its advantages but drivers are always going to have a more pleasurable experience if they remain physically connected to their cars. It is something that automated transmissions could never offer.
Another point mentioned from a friend was the future of cars. If cars are going down the electric route in the future, then is there a possibility of gearless electric motor? If the internal combustion engine is going to fall due to tree huggers and the exorbitant prices of petrol set by oil companies, then we might see gearless cars.
Lastly, this is what I feel about the future of automotive transmissions. Traditional manual transmissions will forever be preferred by a certain group of people until that generation dies. Paddle shifters (or dual clutch, whichever you prefer) have its advantages over manual ones. They shift faster and smoother, they offer better fuel mileage and they shift automatically.
As technology moves forward, older tech becomes obsolete. Although we may be sentimental towards older stuff but the new will always take over.
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